Nutrition Science Honors Program

The Department of Nutrition Science offers an Honors Program for students interested in getting more out of their education and gaining an edge for their future career or graduate school endeavors. Students in the Nutrition Science Honors Program develop, complete, and share a research project under the mentorship of a Nutrition Science faculty member. This entails the completion of a project proposal, research and data collection, a final written report and a poster session presentation.

Benefits of Nutrition Science Honors Program

Past Honors Program participants have reported that the Nutrition Science Honors Program is an excellent way to:

  • Get more out of your college education.
  • Complete a scholarly project and present your research.
  • Boost your chances for admission to graduate school.
  • Gain an edge in landing management-level positions.
  • Receive special recognition upon your graduation.
    • A statement of graduation from the Nutrition Science Honors Program appears on your transcript.
    • You receive a certificate of recognition from Purdue University along with your diploma.
    • The commencement program will include notation that you have completed the Nutrition Science Honors Program.

Eligibility for the Honors Program

To participate in the Honors Program, students must

  • Have a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
  • Identify a faculty mentor.
  • Have at least 2 semesters remaining at Purdue.

Steps to Complete an Honors Project

NUTR 29700 Semester:

  • Take the Introduction to Honors Research course to learn more about faculty and research opportunities within your department. Not required, but highly recommended.

NUTR 39700 Semester(s):

  • Register for NUTR 39700
  • Conduct introductory research (or literature review)
  • Write Honors Project Proposal
  • Submit Honors Project Proposal to faculty readers to be approved
  • Once your project is approved: Research and gather data
  • Analyze data

NUTR 49700 Semester:

  • Register for NUTR 49700 during the semester that you intend to finish the project and present a poster
  • Finish data analysis
  • Present poster in a public forum and
  • Write final thesis
  • Submit an electronic copy of the final report to the Nutrition Science Honors Program Director

See Complete Guidelines here.

More Information

Review former students' written research projects at Purdue e-Pubs: and

Download the Nutrition Science Honors Program Handbook.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Dorothy Teegarden ( if you are interested in learning more.

Department of Nutrition Science, 700 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059 (765) 494-8228, Fax: (765) 494-0674

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